The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is a public museum that houses a private collection of one of the wealthiest industrialists in the US, Henry Clay Frick. This includes paintings from the Renaissance era, the Frick Art Reference Library with exclusive literature and other printed materials, as well as Rococo furniture and crystal chandeliers which are part of the initially a residential-use household.

History

The Frick Collection
In the late 19th century, Henry Clay Frick was one of the wealthiest industrialists in the United States of America. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, this wealthy steel tycoon moved to New York City for personal and financial reasons. In the early 1910s, Frick hired the architect Thomas Hastings to design a lavish residence along the prestigious 5th Avenue. Built in the Neoclassical style, the mansion was heavily inspired by the architectural and cultural elements of the Gilded Age. In his lifetime, Frick acquired a large private collection of fine art and exclusive books from Europe. After his passing in 1919, the art collection was officially transferred to the Frick Collection, as stipulated by a will. In the early 1930s, the upscale residence was transformed into a public museum. The architect John Russell Pope enhanced and expanded the home into a space that was suitable for galleries and exhibits. Since opening at the height of the Great Depression, the Frick Collection has been one of the premier art museums in New York City. The 1970s marked another major turning point in the institution's history. A garden and pavilion were added as an expansion that would accommodate a growing number of visitors.

Collection Highlights

The permanent collection at the Frick Collection is almost entirely dedicated to paintings from the Renaissance era. Henry Frick was fascinated by the works of the Old Masters who gained tremendous status in Western Europe. While touring the galleries, you'll see masterpieces by El Greco, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Titian, Francisco Goya and dozens of other prominent artists from France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. The West Gallery, East Gallery, North Hall and Fragonard Room are furnished with some of the museum's most prized possessions. Keep in mind that this historic mansion has many intricate halls and rooms that were originally designed for residential use. Therefore, you'll see plenty of original furniture and decorative household items that were owned by the Fricks. Rococo furniture, crystal chandeliers and marble floors decorate the building. Having an oval layout, the Music Room has been converted into an intimate venue for performances and presentations. It often servers as a lecture hall that features guest speakers and other experts on the art that's on display. Also part of the Frick Collection, the Frick Art Reference Library has an extensive collection of exclusive literature and other printed materials, some of which were written hundreds of years ago. The library also has various books that focus on European art since the Renaissance.

Visiting The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is located at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 70th Street in the Upper East Side neighbourhood of Manhattan. Operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), several bus routes conveniently stop just a few steps away from the museum. Running parallel to each other, Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue have dozens of bus stops in this particular district of the Big Apple. There are also several New York City subway stations that are situated just a few blocks away from the Frick Collection. Located near the campus of Hunter College, the 68th Street station gets service from the 4 and 6 lines. You can also take the Q train to the 72nd Street station just off 2nd Avenue. As one of the most visited neighbourhoods in Manhattan, the Upper East Side has plenty of covered parking garages that charge hourly or daily rates.

Location: 1 East 70th Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York City, NY, 10021

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